Rovers boss Owen Coyle is expecting a tough test of their credentials when they take on high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion at Ewood this Tuesday night.
After narrowly missing out on promotion last season, losing in the end of season play-offs, the Seagulls have put that disappointment behind them with a strong start to the new campaign that has seen them rise to second in the table.
But the Rovers boss believes that his side can draw inspiration from the way they performed in the 1-0 win over Newcastle United a fortnight ago to trouble Chris Hughton's side.
"Brighton were a very good team last year and just missed out on getting promoted," said the manager.
"Everybody felt that they probably should have been promoted as they certainly had a great chance to get to the Premier League last year.
"So there's been a very good team there and they've added to their squad, they have invested and they've been able to have a consistent back line. So they've got wonderful players and are a good solid unit.
"But we've already beaten Newcastle with the spending power and the quality that they have got, and we have shown that if we are at our very best we can win games and that is what we will look to do. We are more than capable of winning a tough game."
This evening's match against Brighton is the first of two tough games against teams in the top six as Reading follow at Ewood on Saturday, but the Rovers boss feels that the team are now performing at a level that can see them continue to claim points.
"Ultimately whatever games come our away then we'll be ready for them. We'll be ready to show that we are a very much improved team from the team that played the first seven games of the season.
"Where we are now from that point is night and day, and even the games that we have lost by that odd goal, we certainly feel that we could have taken something from those games but the margins in the league are so fine.
"But what we do have now is a really competitive team that can stand up against the rest of the division and that is what we'll have to do again.
"Both games coming up are tough games but they are great games to look forward to. Surely they are the games you want to be involved in, against good players and teams."
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